MFDA policy advisory committee announces new members

Related news The MFDA’s PAC provides advice, comments, and reports to the self-regulatory organization’s staff on a variety of matters, including regulatory and policy initiatives and industry trends and practices. In its new strategic plan, which was released earlier this week, the MFDA says that it aims to enhance industry consultation in the policy development process a variety of ways — including preparing discussion papers for the PAC before proposing specific rule and policy amendments — “to solicit alternatives for addressing regulatory concerns.” OSC adds vice chair, commissioner James Langton SEC names new top cop OSC vice-chair’s position extended to 2022 The Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada Wednesday named four new members to its key policymaking committee. Joining the 14-person MFDA Policy Advisory Committee are: Paul McKay of Manulife Securities Investment Services Inc.; Holly Millar from IPC Investment Corporation; Nick Pallotta with TD Investment Services Inc.; and Sylvain Thériault of Desjardins Financial Services Firm Inc. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords AppointmentsCompanies Mutual Fund Dealers Association Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more


Education and fitness

first_imgIn some context, my friend Subbarao made the following observation in a group email: ” It was way back in the year …..we were in Khandala for a cultural function conducted in the name of our GURU. During the leisure period, a rich businessman who was from Singapore (resident of Mumbai) told about military training. His son was a college student in Singapore. To their surprise, a letter from Singapore authorities was received stating that their son will attain the age of 18 years by such and such date and he will be required to attend compulsory military training from……date. Military training is compulsory there. One may belong to a rich family but training is compulsory. I have good health but lost the chance to receive training in 1955 as a college student”.Apart from the national security angle, some physical exercise/training during the teen ages along with guidance on following certain discipline and pursuing socially acceptable attitude towards life and one’s own goals will help build a better society.I had the opportunity to join ACC (Auxiliary Cadet Corps) while in school and NCC (National Cadet Corps) while in college (1959-63). Perhaps, for me, the attraction for ACC was uniform (first time in life I got a pair of shoes. I got my first pair of chappals while in college!) and for NCC, a small tiffin allowance which I diverted for buying books. If Guinness Book of World Records was popular then, my name would have been in it. Not for diversion of tiffin allowance. For managing the payment of ₹23/- from the College Poor Students’ Aid Fund by producing a “Zero” income certificate. How? Why I should divulge all personal secrets? Okay, it’s an interesting story :The college needed an income certificate. My father (Namboothiri, a temple Pujari) and I went to the Village Officer (VO).VO: “What’s your salary in the temple?”My Father: “No salary as the owners of the temple have no money”VO: “Then what’s your income?”Father: “When I give ‘prasadam’, some devotees give some “Dakshina”.  I also get something in cash or kind when I’m invited for ‘pujas’ at residences”VO: “Those things how can I account and show as income? Is it alright, if I show “zero” income ”Father: “You decide”We got a “zero” income certificate.I faced a lot of criticism from my other poor friends who received less than ₹23/- as aid from the fund. Even today, government ‘pujaris’ who give ‘prasadam’ for Dakshina or accept something for ‘unofficial’ services do not include such income for the purpose of reporting.To get out of the guilt-feeling, after I started working, I sent ₹300 by money order to the college. After two weeks the amount came back to me as the college refused to accept money order (later they orally told “for accounting/technical” reasons). The money went for other charities.A ‘B’ certificate examination which I got through while getting NCC training was good enough to get a job in the Indian defence forces post-1962 when I left college (1963). But my height and weight (a mere 100 pounds) prevented me from pursuing such ambitions and I became a pen-pusher, which profession, I’m continuing even now.My personal view is that the position regarding ACC/NCC which prevailed during the 1960s in India need to be restored. NCC was compulsory for students. Those who couldn’t join NCC for health-related reasons had to join social services.Physical training plus some guidance to follow the right path in life given on an ongoing basis for children in their teen ages will have a positive impact on the nation’s overall health and stability.last_img read more


“Opatija – Imperial City” as a great example of how to tell a story in tourism

first_imgThe story goes something like this… The Lumiere brothers who made films in Opatija, Isadora Duncan who danced inspired by the flickering wind of the Opatija palm trees, Empress Sissy who was officially never in Opatija, but “unofficially” hid in her villas in the company of lovers and many other celebrities from the history of this area “come to life” again in mid-July thanks to the stage and music event “Opatija – Imperial City” which makes the whole city a stage for a fantastic spectacle that gathers thousands of visitors.”During this event, tourists have the opportunity to get acquainted with Opatija’s past, explore the hidden secrets of its history, check why this city has become and remains a favorite destination of world celebrities, but also feel the spirit of the time when Opatija began its rise to the throne of European tourism. The event “Opatija – Imperial City” is held throughout the city center, along the main street, coastal promenade, beautiful parks and impressive villas and on the terraces of hotels and restaurants. ” point out from the Opatija Tourist Board. This award is a great recognition of Opatija as well as an additional incentive for further development of innovations in the projects of the Tourist Board of Opatija, and for Advent in Opatija will use special multimedia effects such as 3D holograms and mapping that will provide a unique experience for all visitors.Quality content, story, rounded tourist product and excellent performance can generate a motive for arrival and a quality tourist story.The Tourist Board of the City of Opatija recently received the award “Simply the Best” in the category of innovative project in tourism for the project “Opatija – Imperial City” which was realized with the use of multimedia. “We are returning to the golden age of Opatija tourism and Opatija is becoming one big stage. The program is held on several stages, with numerous extras, dance groups and animators. In three days Opatija becomes one small Austro-Hungary”Suzi Petričić, director of the Tourist Board of the City of Opatija, points out and adds that the event is visited by thousands of tourists from the entire region. A story that takes us back to the past and through the concept of living history shows, ie revives history as it once was in Opatija during the end of the 19th century.Quality content, story, rounded tourist product and excellent performance can generate a motive for arrival and a quality tourist story. Our biggest tourist advantage is precisely our diversity, which we have to pack nicely and tell a story.Tourism consists of emotions, experiences and stories. Tell stories.last_img read more


East Hampton Town Sues DEC Over Sand Mine

first_img Share The Town of East Hampton is suing the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation over a permit the agency issued in March that allows the operators of a sand mine to excavate into and far below ground water levels.If the owner is allowed to mine sand and gravel, as has been laid out in the DEC permit, a 110-foot deep, sharply sloped artificial lake covering more than six acres of ground would eventually be created. It is located east of Middle Highway, a little over 300 yards north of Oakview Highway, in East Hampton.The permit was issued despite the fact that the mine is in an area zoned residential, and “is in a designated Special Groundwater Protection Area and Critical Environmental Area,” a press release from the town states.The mine, owned by a limited liability corporation named Sand Highway, which is run by Patrick Bistrian Jr.Town officials are questioning the timing of the issuance of the permit, coming as it did smack in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, following over a year of review and the town’s objections. “The dramatic expansion of the mine is particularly troublesome given its proximity to Suffolk County’s sole-source aquifer, the community’s critical drinking water supply. It is also upgradient of well fields for two public water supply wells for the Suffolk County Water Authority.”According to the town, the expansion of the mine “would not only be an environmental cataclysmic intrusion into the water table that serves as a sole source aquifer for the entire South Fork, but it is patently prohibited by the zoning code of the Town of East Hampton.”  The mine, located in the middle of a residential neighborhood, is a pre-existing, non-conforming site. Any expansion of such a site without approval from the town violates the its zoning laws.“We are disappointed that the New York DEC would allow the expansion of this mine in a residential zone and we need to act in order to protect the community’s drinking water supply,” East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said.East Hampton has retained Daniel Ruzow of the law firm Whiteman Osterman & Hanna. The town board allocated $40,000 for the court action back in April, though that amount can be revisited, if need be.The suit, which was to be filed at the New York State Civil Supreme Court in Riverhead June 25, charges that the DEC did not follow its own guidelines when it issued the permit. The town is seeking an injunction to prevent any expansion of the mine until the legal issues can be squared [email protected]last_img read more


Nadal beats Berdych to win second Wimbledon title

first_imgRafael Nadal claimed his second Wimbledon crown, beating 12th seed Tomas Berdych in straight sets in the final on Centre Court.The world No. 1 has thus won his eighth Grand Slam. The Spaniard has won the French Open five times along with one Australian Open.Berdych, the 6’5 tall Czech, had upset Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to make the final. But Nadal proved too strong in this 63 75 64 win.Nadal had first won the Wimbledon in 2008 after an epic final with Federer. An injury forced Nadal out of the 2009 Wimbledon, allowing Federer his sixth Grand Slam on grass.last_img read more


TMC takes over Birbhum ZP seat as Oppn fails to make a

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress has bagged the Birbhum Zilla Parishad seat unopposed. Monday was the last day of filing nomination. There are 48,751 seats in Gram Panchayat, followed by 9,240 seats and 825 seats in Panchayat Samity and Zilla Parishad, respectively.A party fielding candidates in all the seats would require 58,816 workers. In the 42 member Zilla Parishad, Trinamool has fielded 41 candidates, while BJP has fielded one candidate. Neither Congress nor Left Front could field any candidate in Zilla Parishad. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn the three-tier Panchayat system, the organisation of the party matters in fielding Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samity candidates. From 1978, when the first Panchayat election was held in Bengal till 2003, it had been seen that the Left Front used to bag 85 percent of the Zilla Parishad seats and 75 percent of the Panchayat Samity seats on an average. But in Gram Panchayat, it used to get 50 percent of the seats. In Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samity, Left Front candidates did better because of the organisational strength of the party. In 2008, Trinamool Congress got the Zilla Parishads of South 24-Parganas and East Midnapore and had created a major dent in the Left Front vote bank. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSubsequently, it got 13 seats in the Lok Sabha election which was held in 2009 and won the Kolkata Municipal Corporation election in 2010. Because of sheer organisational strength, Trinamool had ousted Left Front in the 2011 Assembly election, by winning 211 out of 294 seats.Over the years, Trinamool Congress has improved its organisational strength with efficiency and precision.Anubrata Mondal, Trinamool president of Birbhum district, said BJP does not have any organisation in the district and has tried to create trouble by bringing in “outsiders” from the neighbouring states. “But once the administration sealed the border, BJP could not bring them and could file only one candidate in ZP,” said Mondal.He said the organisational strength of the party in Birbhum is very strong and added: “the party will get the ZP in all the districts, as Mamata Banerjee has carried out massive development in rural areas. This is for the first time when Panchayat election will be held on development, compared to the Left regime, when elections were held on false promises.”last_img read more


Books in the age of Candy Crush

first_imgWhen Jane Austen declared that ‘after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book!’, she of course had never imagined something like a Facebook and Instagram. Technology has taken over our world. Go to a mall, a park, a subway, anywhere and you see everyone bent over their phones. Communication or face to face communication rather, has taken a backseat, and so has the simple pleasures of life. Like walking in the park and noticing a blooming flower, like riding to work and noticing fellow passengers and their lives on the bus, like reading a book. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Books have taken a backseat and the proof is the gradual disappearance of bookshops, book clubs and library cards. Honestly, when was the last time you used a library card (if it hasn’t already expired) for just the pleasure of going to the library and browsing through some old favourites? What happened to the book clubs that used to be such a rage in school?Somehow Internet, chats and social media has taken over the good old pleasure of sinking deep into a engrossing piece of literature. Instead of learning to read from picture books, toddler know how to operate an iphone. Reading extensively has been replaced by scrolling through posts on tumbler, memes have taken over comic books. Life has become more about instagramming than about actually enjoying it. Books are not discussed at home where family meetings are held in front of the television sets and a new Xbox or a selfie stick has become a better Christmas gift than a good old hard-cover. We may plead guilty and blame the scarcity of time as the reason for the withdrawal from books, but the lack of literature in life has its own disadvantages. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe kind of wing that words give to imagination is inconceivable through any other medium, written words penetrate the mind more than visual images as they stay there and cultivate ideas.Of course, books are being written and published still. Of course bookworms can still be found curled up in bed with a book, instead of livetweeting their lives, but they are a dying breed. Technology has indeed made the world an easier place to live in but let’s not sacrifice the simple pleasures of life over it.Between The Covers is a weekly column on reading up and rating downlast_img read more